Western United edge past 10-man Brisbane Roar in five-goal thriller

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Western United continued their premiership push in a come-from-behind 3-2 win against a Brisbane Roar side who scored inside the first 10 minutes but also saw a player sent off after just half an hour.

The Roar started strong scoring inside three minutes.

Right-back Jack Hingert forced a turnover from Western goalkeeper Jamie Young inside his own penalty area with Juan Lescano pouncing to tuck the ball into the back of the net.

Western threatened to equalise less than five minutes later working a nice free-kick routine for Leo Lacroix, who finished the simplest of tap-ins but the goal was ruled out for offside. 

Both teams continued to test the waters of each other’s defence with Western slowly gaining the ascendency. 

A lofted pass out of defence from Western saw Lachlan Wales screaming into the Brisbane half seemingly unmarked and through on goal.

Roar goalkeeper Jordan Holmes rushed from his box to the middle of his half looking to stop the play in its tracks but Wales got the touch ahead and found contact to go toppling over.

Holmes was swiftly given his marching orders to which he adamantly protested.

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With replays arguably helping his case based on Roar defenders ensuring he had cover and the minimal contact he put on Wales, but the matter was not altered by VAR.

With the Roar playing their second game in four days and now a man down holding onto their slim 1-0 lead was always going to be tough.

Western United profited from their one-man advantage before the end of the first half with Adisu Bayew heading in a corner for the equaliser and his first A-League Men’s goal.

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Aleksandar Prijovic looked to have given Western the lead with a second header but Wales was pulled up for being offside in the build-up play. 

The two teams went into half-time locked at 1-1.

The Roar started strong in the second half with Young saving a long-range Jay O’Shea strike off a Brisbane corner. 

The visitors took the lead shortly after Roar’s chance, flooding down the right-wing and sending in a cross for Scott Neville to unfortunately find the back of his own net. 

With the Roar now chasing the game with a man down, it was always going to be a struggle. 

The Roar battled with the title challengers as the half wore on.

They were eventually over-run with Prijovic heading a looping ball over Macklin Freke into the Brisbane goal to extend Western’s lead to two.

The Roar continued to fight, however, with Cyrus Dehmie worked hard during his time leading the line.

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They were rewarded when Nick Olsen was brought down by Jerry Skotadis in the Western box while attempting to clear the ball. 

O’Shea stepped up and slotted his penalty down the middle for the Roar to claw back to 3-2 with five minutes to play. 

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The Roar couldn’t capitalise on their late flurry with the ref blowing full-time and leaving Western as 3-2 victors. 

An important win for John Aloisi’s side as they hunt for a maiden A-League Men’s title while another disappointing loss for Roar boss Warren Moon. 

Brisbane Roar 2 (Lescano 3′, O’Shea 86′)

Western United 3 (Adisu Bayew 35′, Neville (OG) 59’, Prijovic 83’)

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Brisbane Roar: Jordan HOLMES (Macklin FREKE 29’) Scott NEVILLE, Tom ALDRED (C), Kai TREWIN, Jack HINGERT (Louis ZABALA 75’), Jay O’SHEA, Jesse DALEY (Matti STEINMANN), Josh BRINDELL-SOUTH (Nicholas OLSEN), Juan LESCANO (Cyrus DEHMIE), Henry HORE, Luke IVANOVIC (Macklin FREKE 32’)

Unused subs: Anton MILNARIC, Ryo WADA

Western United: Jamie YOUNG, Tomoki IMAI (Dylan PIERIAS 60’), Leo LACROIX, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Ben GARUCCIO, Rene KRHIN, Lachlan WALES, Adisu BAYEW (Conor PAIN), Steven LUSTICA, Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (Jerry SKOTADIS), Aleksandar PRIJOVIC (Noah BOTIC 90+4’) 

Unused subs: Ryan SCOTT, Nicolas MILANOVIC, Ben COLLINS

 Feature image credit: Western United

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Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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